Public Input Sought on Upcoming Road Funding Wording

Yesterday, the Secretary of State”s office released a draft of the wording for the upcoming road funding proposal taxpayers will be voting on come May 5.

The public has until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24 to provide written comments regarding the proposed language. Then, on Thursday, February 26, the Board of State Canvassers will meet to determine ballot wording for the upcoming special election.

The proposed draft is as follows:

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCREASE THE
MAXIMUM SALES TAX RATE FROM 6% TO 7%, ELIMINATE SALES AND USE TAXES ON GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL, DEDICATE A PORTION OF USE TAX REVENUE TO THE SCHOOL AID FUND, REVISE PERMISSIBLE USES OF THE SCHOOL AID FUND, AND TRIGGER OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE DEDICATING REVENUE FOR ROA DS AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES.
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
  • Set maximum sales tax rate at 7% (now 6%).
  • Exempt gasoline / diesel fuel from sales and use taxes.
  • Dedicate portion of use tax to School Aid Fund (SAF).
  • Allow use of SAF for public community colleges and career / technical education and prohibit use for higher education.
  • Trigger laws that include but not limited to:
    • Increase sales / use tax rates to 7%;
    • Increase motor fuel tax on gasoline / diesel fuel and vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes;
    • Require competitive bidding and warranties for road projects; and
    • Increase earned income tax credit.
Should this proposal be adopted?
YES
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NO
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Read the entire press release from the Secretary of State here.
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Comments

  1. Got my ballot and the wording isn’t even close to this. The ballot makes it sound like the schools will get all the money and roads are barely mentioned. Who changed the wording and how much did the Kochs pay them?

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